After watching Bone Tomahawk (which you can read my review of by clicking here!) and seeing Kurt Russell kill it big time in Hateful Eight, I thought I’d go back and watch a couple of his old films. Luckily this one fits into the territory of this site, I know most people have seen it already if you are a horror fan and haven’t then what the hell are you playing at? But I thought I’d review it anyway!
“If you’ve never seen it then you’ve missed out, although sometimes I’d love to watch a film again for the first time ever!”
Budget – $15 million estimated
Trivia – This movie has become part of the culture in Antarctica. It is a long standing tradition in all British Antarctic research stations to watch The Thing (1982) as part of their Midwinter feast and celebration held every June 21.
Trivia – Opened on the same day as Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner (1982). The similarities don’t end there: both movies met with unfavorable reactions at the premiere but became widely loved sci-fi classics in the years to come.
This film starts with a bunch of American scientists at a base in Antarctica watching a helicopter chasing a dog towards their base and shooting at it. The chopper eventually lands and the shooter gets out and starts shooting at the Americans as well as the dog but he is eventually taken out by the leader of the scientists. The dog is then taken inside the base as the scientists wonder what the hell is going on.
The helicopter is Norwegian and after a bit of detective work the scientists decide to fly to the nearby Norwegian base and see what’s going on. Upon their arrival at the base they find it all burnt down and destroyed but they do recover a mangled body that looks sort of human and sort of monster. They bring the mangled corpse back to the base where the doctor starts to try and work out what it is.
Kurt Russell’s facial hair is as impressive today as it was back then!
They also lock the dog up with the other dogs but this is where things go really wrong as the dog turns into some sort of odd looking monster and attacks the scientists. They manage to drive it off with a flame thrower and this is where the film really takes off. After some investigating they find out that it’s some sort of monster that can take the form of anyone on the base. This leads R.J. MacReady (Kurt Russell) to try and find out who can be trusted and who can’t, it’s this paranoia and mistrust that makes the film. Who’s a monster? Who’s not? Who broke the controls of their only escape? This is horror paranoia at it’s very best.
I love the effects and for me they’re still as good today as the first time I saw them
Wow, where to start? The setting and story are brilliant, as I mentioned the way the film drives the paranoia and tension of who they can trust is masterfully executed. The acting is all superb especially Kurt Russell but I also loved the performances of Richard Dysart as Dr Copper and of course Keith David as Childs. What also stands out is this film was made over 30 years ago yet the effects still look great especially the severed head that sprouts legs and walks off like a spider.
Can’t think of anything at all, it’s nothing but good, great and brilliant. Maybe someone can point out some bad points but I honestly can’t think of any.
This is one of the very best horror films I’ve ever seen it’s perfectly written, directed and acted. If you’ve never seen it then you’ve missed out, although sometimes I’d love to watch a film again for the first time ever!